Last Saturday night we went to see Rilo Kiley at Webster Hall.
It. Was. AWESOME!
Yes, I have been a Rilo Kiley fan for years, but hadn’t heard their new album yet. The new album is actually pretty good, but much to my happiness they played many of their classic hits, too—por ejemplo, they opened with It’s A Hit.
I wish I could find a picture of the outfit Jenny Lewis was wearing, because it was so fan-frigging-tastic, I can hardly contain myself! It’s the kind of thing you would never catch me wearing in a ba-jillion years, but if I had more self-confidence and a skinny little bod, I would totally rock it. This picture (courtesy of Spin.com) should give you somewhat of an idea, but the outfit I saw her in was actually this little hotpants/overalls thing. Anyway, she looked amazing and swanlike.
I have been a Jenny Lewis fan for years. Well, to be honest, I didn’t love her solo project with The Watson Twins. I mean, it is good, but I’m not in love with country music, and their album was heavily country-fied. But who here remembers Troop Beverly Hills? She played Shelley Long’s bright-eyed daughter. I used to love that movie. I was never a girl scout and I think Troop Beverly Hills filled a void. Oh, and Tori Spelling was in it. She played the daughter of the evil scouts. This movie is dated, but still fun to watch.
I bet that even fewer people remember the movie Wizard, starring Jenny Lewis and the much sought after (in the 80′s, anyway) child star Fred Savage. I used to have such a crush on him! Anyway, Wizard is about this Nintendo prodigy going to the NES championships. LOVED IT! Or I used to. Apparently it’s not out on DVD, and there aren’t any video stores anymore, so I guess I won’t be recommending that one!
The last movie I’ll mention is Foxfire. A girl power, coming of age flick starring Jenny, and Angelina Jolie before she “made it big.” It’s cheesy, but very fun, and based on the Joyce Carol Oates book, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang. It’s loosely based, and the book is much better, FYI!!!
As big a fan I am of Jenny Lewis, I am also a huge fan of the other lead vocalist & guitarist, Blake Sennett. Apparently he, too, was a child actor. Go figure. More importantly, he has another band called The Elected. They are uh-mazing. A little more 60′s pop/blue-grass than the usual indie bands I listen to and recommend, but they are still indie (just imagine a banjo in addition to all the usual instruments), and quite talented.
I’m out of town right now—in Madison, Wisconsin. (I know, strange, right? Hubs is here on business so I decided to tag along.) More on Madison later, but the good news is, we were looking at our “fun options” and saw that The Brunettes are playing at a local club. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about them, and the tix were $8, so we’re going to check it out.
And last but not least… My BFF spotted film crews in my neighborhood for Burn After Reading. I hope they’re still filming when I get back to NYC, because I do not want to miss a chance to see Brad Pitt and George Clooney in my ‘hood!!